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Stuart Roddick

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Phil Blythe

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Brian Barlow

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Alexandra Whitley

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Sandra Bradley

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Craig Dobson

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Richard Lester

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Todd Pelham

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Hamish Piercy

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Jamie Potter

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Mark Woods

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Mark Kairua

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Neil Mackay

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Lindsay Hastings

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Mark Prowse

   Stuart Roddick 
   Managing Director & Chief Instructor
   stuart.roddick@holden-driving.co.nz
   (0800) 374831        (07) 5746440 DDI        (027) 2813383


Stuart is the original creator and founding Managing Director of Advanced Driving Systems Limited.
Whilst being domiciled in Papamoa Beach and operating our Bay of Plenty based nationwide administration offices, he also holds the nationwide position of Chief Instructor.
Stuart maintains a hands on practical approach to all aspects of the advanced driver training business and regularly and routinely instructs on most courses conducted, including our Stage 1, Stage 2 & Specialist Courses.
He was formally a member of the New Zealand Police, where he also served as a Body Guard on the elite New Zealand Diplomatic Protection Squad for 3 years and then also went on to serve as a Specialist Advanced Driving Instructor based at the Royal New Zealand Police College for the final 5 years of his 15-year Police career.
These roles involved the study, design, assessment and implementation of all facets of advanced driver training techniques as well as personally receiving specialist advanced expertise and experience in adult teaching techniques.  
He subsequently left the New Zealand Police in 1995 and created, designed and established the original Advanced Driver Training Course, evolving and developing it over the last 22 years to become renowned as New Zealand's premier nationwide advanced driver training course.
Stuart was personally selected as the original content design consultant for the highly acclaimed and successful ACC / Peter Brock television Road Safety commercial series.
He has been certified as an Advanced Driving Instructor by the NZTA and has been actively involved in advanced driving and Road Safety for the last 30 years.
Stuart is internationally recognised and regarded as an expert in the field of advanced driving techniques, adult teaching, innovative Road Safety programs and positive attitudinal reinforcement.
He was also personally directly involved for 15 years with Bridgestone New Zealand in the specialist area of tyre evaluations, handling comparisons, driving demonstrations and prototype tyre testing.  
Stuart has also been previously utilised as the professional driver in television commercials and practical tyre industry handling and performance driving displays.
He is also a vehicular stunt design co-ordinator, professional precision stunt driver and has been one of the professional race drivers of the 400kw NZV8 Hot Lap rides & 400kw NZV8 Race Experience instructor.
A large number of New Zealand's specialist Defence Force and other Government agencies have received their specialist advanced pursuit, evasive, offensive and anti-terrorist vehicle training from him personally. 
Stuart's extensive previous training, qualifications and specialist expertise in a very diverse range of both general and specialist roles enables him to specifically address and accommodate virtually any clients individual operational training requirements.
He is the original creator, designer and ongoing driving force behind our NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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   Phil Blythe 
   Operations Manager & Instructor
   phil.blythe@holden-driving.co.nz
   (027) 2813385
 

Phil is domiciled in the Auckland Region and travels extensively nationwide with our specialist NZ Advanced Driver Training operation as an Advanced Driving Instructor & also as our principal NZV8 Hot Laps pilot & NZV8 Race Experience Instructor.
He
has a background in the motor vehicle industry and his extensive motorsport pedigree includes having previously raced speedway saloons, rally cars, karts, and a variety of circuit race cars.  
Phil is the three time FMG Classic National Champion and also twice won the Pro7 North Island Championship.
He has also competed in various selected rounds of the NZV8 Championship.
For the last 10 years he has also run his own successful Phil Blythe Motorsport Team.
His passion and enthusiasium for motorsport is infectious and he is dedicated to providing the 400kw NZV8 Hot Lap rides and 400kw NZV8 Race Drive Experience options to the public.
Phil has conducted public driving demonstrations for the ACC and has also been involved in tyre testing and vehicle handling comparisons for both Bridgestone NZ & Holden NZ.
He is vastly experienced and instructs on our Stage 1, Stage 2 & Specialist courses.
Phil is
a very loyal long-term member and an integral part of our NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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Brian Barlow 
Instructor

brian.barlow@holden-driving.co.nz
(027) 4519583

Brian is currently domiciled in the Wellington Region and possesses a vast background in both driving and Road Safety within New Zealand.
His extensive previous background includes:    
New Zealand Ministry of Transport;  Council Road Safety Co-ordinators roles in both Wellington and North Shore City; Advanced Driving Instruction; Drivers Licence Testing and NZ Police Heavy Vehicle Compliance.  
He was previously an investigating officer for the Labour Department Occupational Safety & Health.
For over the past 18 years Brian has worked both full-time and on contract for us as one of our Specialist NZ Advanced Driving Instructors.  
He has conducted public driving demonstrations and has also been involved in tyre testing and vehicle handling comparisons for both Bridgestone NZ & Holden NZ.
Brian has been certified by the NZTA as both an Advanced Driving Instructor and Testing Officer and has been an integral part of our NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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  Alexandra Whitley
   Instructor
   alexandra.whitley@holden-driving.co.nz
   (027) 2323874


Alexandra is an Aussie export who is now domiciled in the Auckland Region and she works on contract as one of our Specialist NZ Advanced Driving Instructors.
She has an extensive previous motorsport pedigree and was the 2016 Woman of Australian Motorsport award winner.
In 2016 she was also exclusively selected and successfully graduated from the NZ Elite Motorsport Academy.
She has successfully competed in the SsangYong Racing Series for a number of years and has also undertaken endurance racing, piloting a 700kw super ute.
Alexandra is a talented driver with a very approachable personality who has previously worked as an instructor at the Holden Performance Driving Centre on the Gold Coast.
She also works as one of our exclusive 400kw NZV8 Hot Lap pilots & 400kw NZV8 Race Experience instructors.

Alexandra is an integral and valued member of our
NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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Sandra Bradley
Instructor
sandra.bradley@holden-driving.co.nz
(027) 4524848

Sandra is domiciled in the Wairarapa Region and has
for the last 15 years worked on contract travelling extensively nationwide all over New Zealand and has assisted in conducting our NZ Advanced Driving Courses.
She possesses extensive business acumen, a bubbly personality and exceptional interpersonal skills.
Sh
e is highly experienced and routinely instructs on our Stage 1, Stage 2 & Specialist courses.
Sandra is an integral part and valued member of our
NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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Craig Dobson
Instructor
craig.dobson@holden-driving.co.nz
(027) 2573856

Craig is domiciled in the Wellington region
and he possesses an extensive background in the automotive and fleet management field.
He was formally a member of the New Zealand Army were he was as a fulltime professional driver and trained chauffer driver to military chiefs of staff and other V.I.Ps.
Craig displays an enthusiastic personality and possesses exceptional interpersonal skills.
He has previously received extensive advanced specialist training in anti-terrorist evasive vehicle manoeuvres upon our original NZ Advanced Driver Training Courses and he will now be utilised as one of specialist instructors on our Stage 1, Stage 2 & Specialist Courses.
Craig has been certified by the NZTA as an Advanced Driving Instructor and has been an integral part of our NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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Richard Lester
Instructor
richard.lester@holden-driving.co.nz
(021) 962976

Richard is domiciled in the Auckland Region and
works on contract nationwide as one of our Specialist NZ Advanced Driving Instructors.
He possesses extensive business acumen and exceptional interpersonal skills.
Richard is very knowledgable and highly experienced having previously operated his own race driving school and also having previously worked for other organisations in a driving instructing role.
He successfully manages Vortex Racewear and also contracts as one of our 400kw NZV8 Race Experience instructors.

Richard is an integral and valued member of our
NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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Todd Pelham
Instructor
todd.pelham@holden-driving.co.nz
(020) 40321735

Todd is domiciled in the Bay of Plenty area and
works on contract travelling all over New Zealand conducting advanced driver training courses nationwide as one of our Specialist NZ Advanced Driving Instructors.
He possesses extensive business acumen and excellent interpersonal skills.
Todd is highly experienced with us and he had also previously worked for Ford in a driving instructing role.
He also works on contract as one of our 400kw NZV8 Hot Lap pilots & 400kw NZV8 Race Experience instructors.

Todd is an integral and valued member of our
NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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   Hamish Piercy
   Instructor
   hamish.piercy@holden-driving.co.nz
   (021) 1468561


Hamish is now domiciled in the Taranaki region and has had an extensive previous background in the NZ Police, including 4 years as a crash analyst on the Canterbury Police Serious Crash Unit.
He has been heavily involved in motor vehicle crash investigation for over 14 years and now operates his own Taranaki based nationwide crash investigation consultancy company.
Along with undertaking studies in traffic safety and road design Hamish has also attended many specialised crash investigation courses and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Road Safety.
Additionally, he was formerly an investigating Health & Safety Inspector with the Dept of Labour.
The combination of Hamish's backgrounds brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his contracting role as one of our Specialist NZ Advanced Driver Training Instructors.

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Jamie Potter
Instructor
jamie.potter@holden-driving.co.nz


Jamie is domiciled in the Auckland region and he possesses an extensive previous background in the New Zealand Police and Government agencies, including having previously been a Driving Instructor at the Royal New Zealand Police College.
He has a calm demeanour and excellent interpersonal skills.
Jamie has been certified as a driving instructor by the NZTA and has been one of our Specialist NZ Advanced Driving Instructors for 9 years.

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    Mark Woods 
   
Instructor
    mark.woods@holden-driving.co.nz
    (027) 2222509


Mark is now domiciled in the Auckland Region and he has an extensive previous driving background and has years of account  management experience with some of New Zealand's largest corporate companies.
Mark was originally one of our specialist Holden Advanced Driving Instructors for over 12 years, travelling all over New Zealand conducting advanced driver training courses, Road Safety displays, tyre testing programs for Bridgestone NZ, vehicle handling comparisons for Holden NZ and advanced driving demonstrations.
He is vastly experienced and instructs on contract upon our various Stage 1, Stage 2 & Specialist Courses.
Mark has been a loyal and valued member of our NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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   Mark Kairua
   Instructor
   mark.kairua@holden-driving.co.nz
   (027) 2813386


Mark is domiciled in the Wellington region and
possesses an extensive background in education and Road Safety within New Zealand.
He is a trained teacher who previously spent many years as the Road Safety Co-ordinator in Porirua.
Over many years we jointly worked on a number of innovative regional road safety projects and Mark's road safety improvement desire has motivated him to further develop into the specialist field of advanced driver training.
Mark has been certified by the NZTA and has previously owned and managed the Wellington based NZ Driver Training operation. 
He also works on contract for us as one of our Specialist NZ Advanced Driving Instructors.

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    Neil Mackay
   
Instructor

    neil.mackay@holden-driving.co.nz
    (021) 474709


Neil is domiciled in the Auckland region and possesses a vast background in both advanced driving techniques, advanced motor cycling techniques and Road Safety.
He previously served as a Police Officer in Britain and he currently operates his own nationwide consultancy firm which specialises in Traffic Accident Investigations, Crash Scene Analysis and Reconstruction. 
He is very highly regarded and extensively qualified in this very specialist field, having attended and successfully completed numerous international courses.
Neil has worked on contract for us and he also conducts his own motorcycle training courses.
He has been a valued member of our NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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   Lindsay Hastings
    Instructor
    lindsay.hastings@holden-driving.co.nz
   (027) 4402235


Lindsay is domiciled in Wellington region and has an extensive previous history, both in driving and as a fulltime Driving Instructor.
He has been certified by the NZTA as an Advanced Driving Instructor and has worked on contract f
or more than 12 years and was one of our original specialist Holden Advanced Driving Instructors.
He works fulltime as a Driving Instructor within the Hutt Valley and ha
s been a valued member of our NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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   Mark Prowse
   Instructor
   mark.prowse@holden-driving.co.nz
   (027) 4397900


Mark has been
certified as an Advanced Driving Instructor by the NZTA
He is domiciled in the Auckland region and had previously worked an an advanced instructor for Ford, before subsequently working with us as an instructor on our original Holden Advanced Driving Course.  
Mark has an extensive background in precision driving for the film industry and his list of previous credits include approx 30 movies/TV series.  
He was the stunt driver in 9 of the LTNZ Road Safety television adverts
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Mark has been
a valued member of our NZ Advanced Driving Team.

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NZ Advanced Driver Training is owned and operated nationwide by Advanced Driving Systems Limited.